From Old Norse á ská (“askew, askance”), equivalent to a- + skew. Compare Icelandic á ská (“diagonally”), Danish skrå (“slanting, oblique”), German Schräge (“slope, slant”).
- Turned or twisted to one side.
- (figuratively) Untoward, unfavourable.
turned or twisted to one side
askew (comparative more askew, superlative most askew)
- tilted to one side.
- He wore his hat askew
- with disapproval
- to look askew